Léon MOUGENOT started his apprenticeship with Emile LAURENT and then joined Georges MOUGENOT, a cousin of his father's, in Brussels from 1887 to 1894 Then he worked for Paul BLANCHARD, Lyon, from 1894 to 1896, P JOMBARD, Paris, from 1896 to 1898, HILL, London, until he settled his own workshop in Mirecourt in 1899, at 4, avenue Victor Hugo.
Awards and medals
Gold medal at the 1909 Nancy international exhibition.
Three different qualities in his production which can be classified after their label :
1 st : « Léon Mougenot » with date and number i.e. #2101
2 sd : « Léon Mougenot Jacquet Gand », or « Léon Mougenot Gauché » with date. i.e. #2244
3 rd : « Fait dans l'atelier de Léon Mougenot » or labeled « Copie de A. Stradivarius ».
JACQUET was the name of his wife, who belonged to the GAND family of Mirecourt , a different family from the well-known GAND of Paris.
GAUCHÉ was his mother's name.
Generally violins labeled «Léon Mougenot» with date and number are stamped to the inside back L‡M. inside a circle. These violins are also signed internally on the table or on the table and back and some of them are dated on the inside back. We have scarcely found the round stamp to the inside back of violins bearing the label Léon Mougenot Jacquet Gand.
His violins are made mainly after Stradivari and more rarely after Guarneri models, the finest being coated with a rich red-brown or golden-brown varnish. He produced some cellos too, although rare. His production, both violins and cellos, has gained a great reputation both for its workmanship and tonal qualities.
Beside the production bearing his own labels he worked for some other makers of his time among them Marcel VATELOT, Joseph TOURNIER, Léon BERNARDEL, Joseph HEL. On a more regular basis he made violins for Pierre HEL (Stradivarius Moderne) for whom he worked at least between 1919 and 1928 and for Paul JOMBAR as early as 1907. He also made violins for the HILL brothers and his work is still well appreciated in Great Britain.
All along his professional life he has trained more than 75 apprentices or collaborators among whom :
BISIACH Carlo and Leandro,
DUPUY Philippe ,
JOMBAR Louis et Jean-Paul,
MILLANT Max ,
SCHMITT Lucien, (1910-1912)